Award for Excellence, Landscape Association of S.A. 2009.
This resort style courtyard garden has great visual appeal, complementing the contemporary architecture of the home whilst providing a functional space with a tranquil feel to suit the clients and their family.
AGD commenced this project when the home was still in the design stage. The client requested an easy care, multi-functional modern garden with a swimming pool to suit teenage children and a relaxed lifestyle. The swimming pool and spa were designed with different levels to create visual interest taking into account the contours of the site. The water gently cascades from the spa over a waterfall into a canal then into the swimming pool, creating the tranquil sound of moving water. The complementary stone water feature walls adjacent the spa and swimming pool provide visual cohesion attracting interest from both internal and external living areas. The garden is spectacular in the evening with its submerged lighting in the pool, canal and spa, highlighting the stone water feature panels.
Two casual entertaining spaces were created to provide the clients' family with entertaining alternatives - an area ideal for alfresco dining or a space to lounge in or retreat from the sun. Large format granite in an exfoliated finish was chosen with safety in mind and to blend with the same polished granite interior tiles used in the home.
Plantings were selected for their low maintenance requirements, hardiness and to reinforce the contemporary resort style of the courtyard.